Suits (TV series)
Suits is an American legal drama television series created and written by Aaron Korsh. The series premiered on June 23, 2011, on the cable network USA, and is produced by Universal Cable. Suits is set at a fictional law firm in New York City. The focal point of the show follows talented college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who initially works as a law associate for Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), despite never actually attending law school. The show focuses on Harvey and Mike managing to close cases while maintaining Mike's secret.
|Created by||Aaron Korsh|
|Opening theme||"Greenback Boogie" by Ima Robot|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||102 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Original network||USA Network|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||June 23, 2011– present|
|Related shows||Suits (South Korea)|
Suits has been nominated for several awards since 2012, with Gina Torres and Patrick J. Adams receiving individual praise for their roles as Jessica Pearson and Mike Ross respectively. On top of two nominations recognizing her role as a supporting actress, Torres was awarded Outstanding Performance in a Television Series at the 2013 NHMC Impact Awards. Adams was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the show itself has been nominated for two People's Choice Awards.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||12||June 23, 2011||September 8, 2011|
|2||16||June 14, 2012||February 21, 2013|
|3||16||July 16, 2013||April 10, 2014|
|4||16||June 11, 2014||March 4, 2015|
|5||16||June 24, 2015||March 2, 2016|
|6||16||July 13, 2016||March 1, 2017|
|7||16||July 12, 2017||TBA|
Season 1 (2011)Edit
Former student Mike Ross makes a living illegally taking the Law School Admission Test for others. To pay for his grandmother's care, he agrees to deliver a case of marijuana for his best friend Trevor, a drug dealer. Mike astutely avoids being arrested in a sting, only to stumble into a job interview with Harvey Specter, called the best closer in the city. Mike's knowledge of the law impresses Harvey enough to win him the associate position, even though Mike doesn't have a license to practice law. Together they try cases for the firm while maintaining the secret that Mike is a fraud.
Season 2 (2012–13)Edit
Jessica Pearson, managing partner, learns Mike's secret, but other issues take precedence when co-founding partner Daniel Hardman returns to the firm, pressuring Jessica and Harvey. Mike begins to foster a relationship with paralegal Rachel Zane, but finds himself pursuing other romantic entanglements after his grandmother's sudden death. Harvey and his secretary Donna face accusations of burying evidence and must discover the truth while keeping incriminating evidence from Hardman, who would use it to leverage a managing partner position. The intensifying threat from Hardman forces Jessica into a merger with a British firm headed by Edward Darby.
Season 3 (2013–14)Edit
Darby's presence in the firm gives Harvey leverage to seek a position as a name partner. Meanwhile, the merger causes Louis Litt to clash with his British counterpart. Darby International client Ava Hessington draws Harvey into a lengthy trial against his former mentor, and when the lawsuit turns into a murder charge, the arrest of Darby's "fixer" Stephen Huntley becomes grounds for a messy dissolution of the merger. Rachel gets accepted into law school at Columbia, and she and Mike move in together. Realizing that his fraud can't continue forever, Mike leaves newly renamed Pearson Specter to take a position as an investment banker.
Season 4 (2014–15)Edit
Mike's new job puts him and Harvey on opposite sides of a takeover battle, causing the SEC to accuse them of collusion. When Mike is fired, Louis goes to extreme lengths to persuade Mike to come back to Pearson Specter, which put him in debt to shady billionaire investor Charles Forstman. Louis demands a name partner position, competing with Harvey, but his wrongdoings get him fired instead. When he realizes Mike never went to Harvard, he blackmails Jessica into rehiring him with the promotion he desired. Mike proposes to Rachel; Donna leaves Harvey to work for Louis.
Season 5 (2015–16)Edit
Harvey struggles with losing Donna and begins to open up to a therapist about his broken relationship with his mother. However, Louis's insecurity and desire to undermine Harvey create an opening for Jack Soloff, an ambitious partner who is being manipulated by Hardman. Rachel's wedding plans and her relationship with her parents are both overshadowed by Mike's secret. Mike and Harvey both resign to protect their future, but Mike is abruptly arrested for fraud. More and more people involved realize the allegations are true, and facing a tenacious Anita Gibbs, Mike turns himself in so that no one else will go to jail. At the wedding, Mike tells Rachael that he will not marry her now but if she still wants him in two years then he will marry her after getting out of prison. Harvey escorts him to prison making their last few goodbyes.
Season 6 (2016–17)Edit
A two-year prison sentence puts Mike at the mercy of Frank Gallo, an inmate with a grudge against Harvey. At Pearson Specter Litt, few employees remain to help. Rachel works an Innocence Project case for her law professor; Jessica assists pro bono but is distracted from matters at the firm, and chooses to leave her position to pursue her own life. Mike's cellmate proves pivotal in a deal for Mike's freedom. He struggles with his fraud being public knowledge but obtains a job at a legal clinic. Harvey helps both Rachel and Mike pass the bar, and persuades Mike to come back to the firm, but not after Harvey has to cross some ethical lines to make sure Mike does pass the bar
Season 7 (2017)Edit
Everyone at the firm struggles to adjust to a new normal without Jessica. Donna takes a position as COO and Harvey's friend Alex joins the team. Harvey begins dating his former therapist, Paula; Louis sees a therapist of his own, with mixed results. Rachel begins her career as an attorney, having passed the bar. Mike continues to work pro bono cases at the clinic, with Harvey's blessing, but one of the cases puts Alex, Harvey and others at risk.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter: Name partner and Managing Partner at Pearson Specter Litt, and the self-proclaimed best closer in New York City.
- Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross: hired by Harvey as his personal associate, despite not having a license to practice law.
- Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt: Name partner at Pearson Specter Litt. He loves the firm like family and considers the associates as his biggest assets.
- Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane: a senior paralegal/part time associate at Pearson Specter Litt. Mike Ross's fiancée.
- Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen: Harvey's former legal secretary, now COO, and close confidante.
- Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson: co-founder and former managing partner of Pearson Hardman.
- Rebecca Schull as Edith Ross: Mike's late grandmother who raised him after his parents' deaths
- David Costabile as Daniel Hardman: Founding partner and former managing partner of Pearson Hardman; he and Jessica once worked closely to overtake the firm's other managing partners, until Jessica discovered Hardman's embezzling and got him removed
- Amanda Schull as Katrina Bennett: A former fifth-year associate hired by Harvey, she later becomes Louis' personal associate; following the fallout when Louis almost left the firm, she went to work for Robert Zane, Rachel's father
- Max Topplin as Harold Gunderson: A socially awkward former Pearson Hardman associate who was repeatedly bullied by Louis; he now works at the firm Bratton Gould, and occasionally still crosses paths with Mike
- Pooch Hall as Jimmy Kirkwood: Former Pearson Hardman associate who now works at Bratton Gould, and is friends with Mike
- David Reale as Benjamin: The "IT guy" at the firm who has made occasional appearances since season one; in season six, he is one of the few employees who does not quit following the fallout from Mike's conviction on fraud charges
- Abigail Spencer as Dana "Scottie" Scott: Harvey's rival at Harvard, former girlfriend and former senior partner at Pearson Specter
- Tom Lipinski as Trevor Evans: Mike's former best friend, a drug dealer who has since turned his life around
- Vanessa Ray as Jenny Griffith: Trevor's girlfriend who later (briefly) became Mike's girlfriend
- Eric Close as Travis Tanner: A rival lawyer of Harvey's who's a senior partner at Clyde McPhee, a firm in Boston
- Gary Cole as Cameron Dennis: A former New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney and Harvey's mentor until Harvey discovers his illegal practices
- Conleth Hill as Edward Darby: Was Jessica's partner at the firm during season 3, with 51% control of Pearson Darby
- Adam Godley as Nigel Nesbitt: A senior partner at Darby International
- Max Beesley as Stephen Huntley: Darby's right-hand man and "fixer" who briefly dates Donna; people refer to him as Harvey's British counterpart
- Rachael Harris as Sheila Sazs: A high-ranking official in Harvard's placement department who is also Louis' on-and-off love interest
- Diane Neal as Allison Holt: The managing partner of Bratton Gould and a friend of Daniel Hardman
- Wendell Pierce as Robert Zane: A high-powered attorney at Rand, Calder and Zane; Rachel's father
- Michelle Fairley as Ava Hessington: CEO of British oil company Hessington Oil; her father was Darby's first ever client
- Brandon Firla as Jonathan Sidwell: An investment banker who Mike helps to start his own company; he hires Mike at the end of season 3, and fires him in season 4
- Željko Ivanek as Eric Woodall: A former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office who is now working as an SEC prosecutor; he has a personal vendetta against Harvey
- Eric Roberts as Charles Forstman: A corrupt billionaire investor who crosses paths with Mike and Harvey; he later lands in prison for bribing the SEC
- D. B. Woodside as Jeff Malone: An SEC prosecutor and Jessica's lover, hired by the firm for a time until he leaves and breaks up with Jessica
- Brendan Hines as Logan Sanders: Harvey's client in the case regarding the acquisition of Gillis Industries; he is revealed to be Rachel's former boyfriend
- Neal McDonough as Sean Cahill: A zealous SEC prosecutor who is determined to take down Pearson Specter; he and Harvey later exchange favors, despite their adversarial relationship
- Christina Cole as Dr. Paula Agard: Harvey's therapist, who later becomes his romantic interest
- Aloma Wright as Gretchen Bodinski: Harvey's new secretary after Donna goes to work for Louis
- John Pyper-Ferguson as Jack Soloff: An ambitious senior partner at Pearson Specter Litt
- Billy Miller as Marcus Specter: Harvey's younger brother
- Leslie Hope as Anita Gibbs: The prosecutor who puts Mike on trial for fraud, with the ultimate goal of getting Mike to turn on Harvey in order to save himself
- Farid Yazdani as David Green: The prosecutor's associate who has a shady past with Mike Ross
- Paul Schulze as Frank Gallo: Mike's antagonist in prison; it is revealed Harvey prosecuted Gallo while still working for Cameron Dennis
- Erik Palladino as Kevin Miller: Mike's cellmate and confidante in prison, he is revealed to be William Sutter's son-in-law
- Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Julius Rowe: A prison counselor
- Glenn Plummer as Leonard Bailey: A death row inmate whom Rachel tries to help exonerate when she takes an assignment for the Innocence Project
- Ian Reed Kesler as Stu Buzzini: An investment trader who sublets space in the Pearson Specter Litt offices and becomes a thorn in the side of Louis
- Alan Rosenberg as William Sutter: The target of an insider trading investigation by Sean Cahill; he is the key person in a deal Cahill makes with Harvey to get Mike out of prison early
- Carly Pope as Tara Messer: Louis' new love interest
- Peter Cambor as Nathan: Mike's boss at the legal clinic, where he begins working after getting out of prison
- Jordan Johnson-Hinds as Oliver Grady: A young attorney at the legal clinic whom Mike takes under his wing
- Dulé Hill as Alex Williams: Harvey's old friend who's a partner at Bratton Gould; Harvey hires him as a senior partner at PSL in season 7
- Jake Epstein as Brian Altman: A young associate whom Louis initially torments, but soon begins to respect
- Ray Proscia as Dr. Lipschitz: Louis' therapist; though introduced in season 7, it is revealed in a flashback that Louis began seeing Lipschitz under Jessica's orders when the firm was still Pearson Hardman
Suits first appeared on USA network's development slate under the title A Legal Mind in April 2010. On April 5, 2010, USA announced that it was developing seven new pilots for its 2010-2011 television season, including A Legal Mind, which would later become Suits. The premiere was written by Aaron Korsh, and David Bartis and Gene Klein served as executive producers. It was later announced on May 17, 2010 that USA ordered a ninety-minute cast-contingent pilot for the series. The network later picked up A Legal Mind on January 19, 2011 and ordered eleven one-hour episodes in addition to the 90-minute pilot.
Creator Aaron Korsh, whose Notes from the Underbelly sitcom was canceled during the 2007-2008 Writers' Strike, wrote a spec script intended to be a "half-hour Entourage-type based on my experiences working on Wall Street." He later realized that the project should have hour-long episodes. Korsh and his agent took the script to several production companies and wanted to give the script to Universal Media Studios. However, Korsh found it odd that the studio did not want to sell the script to NBC, the network the studio typically worked with. Korsh's agent convinced USA Network executive Alex Sepiol that although the series was neither a procedural nor what the network typically did, he would like the characters. Sepiol approved of the script, and by then, Hypnotic Films & Television signed on to the project. The team pitched the script to USA network, which bought the script after the pitch. Korsh did not pitch it to anyone else. When rewriting the script, Korsh made only small changes to the first half-hour, up to when Mike is hired. Originally, Mike did not take LSATs for others and only pretends to have attended Harvard, as opposed to pretending he attended Harvard and has a law degree. Korsh noted that there is no degree or test needed, to work on Wall Street and be a mathematical genius, unlike the bar examination in law. He decided to "embrace" this difference and change the premise.
The pilot episode was filmed in New York City, where the series is set. The rest of the series is filmed in Toronto (at Downsview Park Studios), where the sets are built to be identical to the New York law offices seen in the pilot. To promote the series debut, USA had an advance screening of the pilot on June 2, 2011, at the Hudson River Park and distributed free Häagen-Dazs Sundaes cones at the viewing. The network also had a branded ice cream carts, bikes, and scooters give away at the Sundaes and USA/Entertainment Weekly 2011 promotion summer guides on June 22 and 23. They also held the promotion in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston to endorse the pilot.
Casting and marketingEdit
The season was created by Aaron Korsh and was aired on the USA Network in the United States. The season was produced by Hypnotic Films & Television and Universal Cable Productions. The executive producers were Korsh, Doug Liman, and David Bartis. The staff writers were: Korsh with three writing credits; Sean Jablonski, Jon Cowan, Ethan Drogin, and Rick Muirragui with two each; and Erica Lipez with one. The directors throughout the season were Kevin Bray, John Scott, Dennie Gordon, Kate Woods, Terry McDonough, Tim Matheson, Norberto Barba, Felix Alcala, Jennifer Getzinger, and Mike Smith. The first role in which a casting spot was filled was for Patrick J. Adams, who was cast in the lead role of Mike Ross in July 2010. In late July, Gabriel Macht joined the main cast as Harvey Specter. Rick Hoffman came on board in mid-August to portray Harvey's competition, Louis, at the law firm. Meghan Markle and Gina Torres soon joined the cast in late August, who were set to play Rachel Zane and Jessica Pearson respectively. Sarah Rafferty completed the main cast as Donna, and the pilot was filmed in New York City in the fall of 2010.
The series was soon commissioned with a 12-episode order on January 19, 2011. The series began filming in Toronto on April 25, 2011, and completed on August 12, 2011 in New York City. Post production for the series was done at Cherry Beach Sound. "Greenback Boogie" by Ima Robot serves as the theme song of the show and was released as a single on September 18, 2010, and is included on the band's third album, Another Man's Treasure.
A deleted scene leaked onto YouTube shows Victor Garber as Phillip Hardman, originally part of the pilot, but was ultimately cut during script rewrites. It shows that Hardman had retired from the firm on his own accord. Despite being cut for US audiences, the scene was left in for British viewers when it was first aired, and the scene continues to be included in re-runs.
Broadcast and home mediaEdit
The first season premiered on June 23, 2011, and concluded on September 8, 2011. It ran for 12 episodes, including a 90-minute pilot. The complete first season was available on Region 1 DVD on May 1, 2012, and Region A Blu-ray on March 11, 2013.
Suits was renewed for a second season consisting of 16 episodes on August 11, 2011, which premiered on June 14, 2012. The mid-season finale aired on August 23, 2012, with the remaining six episodes returning on January 17, 2013. The complete second season was available on Region 1 DVD on December 2, 2013, and Region A Blu-ray on January 11, 2014. On October 12, 2012, the show was renewed for a third season of 16 episodes. Season 3 premiered on July 16, 2013, with the final six episodes airing after March 6, 2014. The complete third season was available on December 22, 2014, on Region 1 DVD and was released on Region A Blu-ray on January 3, 2015.
A fourth season of 16 episodes was announced on October 24, 2013. Season 4 premiered on June 11, 2014, with the mid-season finale on August 6, 2014. The complete fourth season was available on June 8, 2015, on Region 1 DVD and was released on Region A Blu-ray on July 11, 2015. On August 11, 2014, USA Network announced a fifth season of 16 episodes, which premiered on June 24, 2015.
On July 1, 2015, Suits was renewed for a sixth season consisting of 16 episodes and premiered on July 13, 2016. The series is available through streaming services on Amazon Video, iTunes, Vudu, and Xfinity.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the first six seasons of Suits were broadcast on Dave, but the channel chose to drop the series before Season 7, causing Netflix to pick up the UK rights, streaming the programme less than 24 hours after its US broadcast. Netflix did not pick up the rights for Ireland.
Suits has received generally favorable reviews on Metacritic. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an 87% approval rating with the Season 3 consensus reading, "Though it's occasionally overly wordy, Suits stimulates with drama derived from the strength of its well-developed characters' relationships." Carrie Raisler of The A.V. Club said, "Suits has more internal forward momentum than [al]most anything else on television right now, and when it's on, like it mostly is here, it just cooks." Julie Hinds of The Detroit Free Press said, "The combination of Gabriel Macht as slick attorney Harvey Specter and Patrick J. Adams as unlicensed legal genius Mike Ross has been a winning one."
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Avg. viewers
|1||Thursday 10:00 pm||12||June 23, 2011||4.64||September 8, 2011||3.47||2010–11||4.28||1.4|
|2||16||June 14, 2012||3.47||February 21, 2013||3.20||2012–13||3.60||1.2|
|3||Tuesday 10:00 pm (1–10)
Thursday 9:00 pm (11–16)
|16||July 16, 2013||2.93||April 10, 2014||2.40||2013–14||2.73||0.9|
|4||Wednesday 9:00 pm||16||June 11, 2014||2.50||March 4, 2015||1.55||2014–15||2.26||0.7|
|5||Wednesday 9:00 pm (1–10)
Wednesday 10:00 pm (11–16)
|16||June 24, 2015||2.13||March 2, 2016||1.71||2015–16||2.01||0.6|
|6||16||July 13, 2016||1.85||March 1, 2017||1.13||2016–17||1.60||0.4|
|7||Wednesday 9:00 pm||16||July 12, 2017||1.40||TBA||TBD||2017–18||TBD||TBD|
|Season||Ep. 1||Ep. 2||Ep. 3||Ep. 4||Ep. 5||Ep. 6||Ep. 7||Ep. 8||Ep. 9||Ep. 10||Ep. 11||Ep. 12||Ep. 13||Ep. 14||Ep. 15||Ep. 16|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series||Patrick J. Adams||Nominated|||
|ALMA Award||Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role||Gina Torres||Nominated|||
|2013||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Supporting Actress/Television||Gina Torres||Nominated|||
|NHMC Impact Awards||Outstanding Performance In A Television Series||Gina Torres||Won|||
|2014||TV Guide Award||Favorite Drama Series||Suits||Nominated|||
|2015||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Dramedy||Suits||Nominated|||
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series||Anton Cropper for "One-Two-Three Go..."||Nominated|||
|2016||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Cable TV Drama||Suits||Nominated|||
In February 2017, USA became in early talks for a potential Jessica Pearson spin-off. Torres would star in and produce the spin-off. In August 2017, it was revealed that the season 7 finale of Suits would serve as a backdoor pilot to the potential Jessica Pearson spin-off series.
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